A newly-published roadmap for offshore wind in Brazil from the country’s Energy Research Office sees huge potential in water depths of less than 50 m
The report, Roadmap Eólica Offshore Brasil, was commissioned to identify opportunities for offshore wind and challenges facing it if it is to be adopted in the country.
“This is a market that has been growing internationally, gaining in scale, learning and innovation, which has led to growing interest in the project development in Brazil,” said the authors of the report.
The report highlighted ongoing cost reduction in offshore wind in other countries, the trend to use larger turbines and the increased scale of offshore wind projects but claimed – perhaps erroneously – that compared with some existing alternatives already in use in Brazil, offshore wind costs "were still high."
The report said there is little experience to date in Brazil with the use of AC cabling for grid connection and none with HVDC but said “there are no technical difficulties for implementing these technologies, given international experience.”
The authors of the report also noted that emerging markets such as Brazil can benefit from the degree of technical maturity already achieved in offshore wind projects developed elsewhere but highlighted the need for greater clarity regarding the regulatory regime in the country.
The report also listed a number of demonstration-size pilot projects and commercial-scale offshore wind projects in the country for which environmental approval has or is being sought. These include:
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